Introduction

A church is only as good as its members.
A church without any members is dead.
So for a church to survive, we must focus on making people members.

What’s wrong with these statements? Technically and logically, nothing, but the focus these statements place on “church” is not biblical. Christ commissioned His disciples to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” and so logically if we are disciples of Jesus (like the remaining eleven disciples were), then we should continue on in this great commission—namely, making disciples (other radical followers of Christ), and not mere church-goers (a.k.a. pew warmers or church spectators).

So how do we change a church so that the focus isn’t on “church” or on how we need to bring people into church? How do we go about “rebuilding churches” into the disciple equipping and training resource that they were meant to be?

A shift has been made. In Christ’s command, it doesn’t imply that we need to focus on bringing the world to us, but for us to go out into the world. We cannot simply hang back and expect the world to come to us. It won’t happen. No matter how creative, energetic, lively, or whatever else we can think of to make our services more appealing to the public, that alone won’t entice them to show up.

So then we don’t really need to change how we do things . . . or do we?

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